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Mat Bowles ([personal profile] matgb) wrote in [community profile] fantastic_films2010-11-05 11:28 pm

Who you gonna call?

There are times when you just really shouldn't revisit your childhood. This evening has been one of them.

I can remember Ghostbusters. It was my favourite film ever when I was a kid. I played the computer game incessantly, knew all the words to the theme tune and could quote whole chunks of dialogue.

I am currently in the process of rewatching the film on Fiver. The only reason I'm still watching is it has the fascination of a train wreck in progress.

It's not just Sigourney's 80s hairstyles. I can forgive the dated special effects, but the terrible dialogue, awful acting and annoyingly dated gender representation really do show the film up in a bad light.

And that's before we get to the slightly more silly than silly plot and poorly contrived set pieces.

There is at least spectacle. The Marshmellow Man should be making an appearance soon. But I'm sure I can remember the jokes being actually funny first time around.

So, am I being overly cynical in my old age, or is this film actually truly awful?
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[personal profile] miss_s_b 2010-11-06 11:44 am (UTC)(link)
You're being overly cynical :P
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[identity profile] andrewhickey.info 2010-11-06 11:59 am (UTC)(link)
I rewatched it about six years ago, and thought it was OK. Not great - and even when I was a kid I thought making the EPA the villains was a bit out of order - but OK.
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[personal profile] freddiefraggles 2010-11-06 01:10 pm (UTC)(link)
Congratulations, you're not a kid anymore. You do change as you grow up, y'know, not just in how you look but in your tastes as well!

I came to Ghostbusters much later than when it came out in cinemas so it's always been atrociously 80s and so bad it's good to me and I enjoy it.
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[personal profile] doccy 2010-11-06 09:22 pm (UTC)(link)
In my capacity as a cruel monster, may I suggest watching Ghostbusters II for further comparison? *eg*